Founded as a vacation from racism, Highland Beach is struggling in the 21st century to maintain its identity as a summer getaway on the Chesapeake Bay for affluent Washington area African Americans.
Aug. 24, 2012A group of women celebrates a ladies’ night out at Maryland’s Highland Beach. The women — residents of Venice Beach and Highland Beach — also have book club meetings here. Highland Beach was founded in 1893 by Charles Douglass, a son of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, as a family getaway. It became a gathering place for affluent blacks from Washington. Now with memories of the Jim Crow era fading, fewer people vacation at the Chesapeake escape.Marvin Joseph/THE WASHINGTON POST
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.